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Wade Creek Clinic now seeing patients


School-based clinic at Estacada High opens its doors to students, community members

As she stood on the other side of the Wade Creek Clinic’s doors Monday morning, Donna Snyder had a very simple message for the residents of Estacada.

“We are open for business,” she said. “We are open for patient care.”

Snyder is the clinic manager for Legacy Health Systems, which oversees the school-based center at Estacada High.

Years of planning and the acquisition of grant funding all culminated in its March 18 opening to serve students and the community at large.

The first hour and a half of the clinic’s first day for seeing patients was admittedly slow, but the three-member staff still had plenty to do.

“There are a lot of things we have to pull together,” Snyder said.

Snyder is joined by nurse practitioner Tamara Lundberg and medical assistant Christina Dugas in operating the clinic on a daily basis. And even though all of their individual offices are already set up, work flow, logistical and operations procedures are still being perfected.

“There isn’t a manual on how to do any of this,” Lundberg said. “There’s no manual for primary care.”

All indications are that there is plenty to work with at the site.

Three exam and one treatment room are prepared, along with a lab area that enables any number of tests to be conducted. An electronic medical records system is in place, which allows for better continuity of patient care.

“That frees up room for more important and essential things,” Snyder said.

Lundberg describes the clinic as a “truly remarkable building.”

“It’s very well thought out and incredibly spacious,” she said. “The amenities are what are needed in health care. It’s a very logical, comfortable building, to me.”

The clinic is open during weekdays, except for Wednesdays. It’s open for students from 8 a.m. to noon and to the community from 1:30-5 p.m.

School officials pursued the project in the hope of helping reduce student absenteeism. Sick students often would have to miss entire days of school to receive health care services. But that will no longer be necessary now that the clinic is open.

“It’s always been the vision for the Estacada School District to provide primary care for students and the community. This is a rural area with specific needs,” Snyder said.

New patients are being accepted, and the clinic works with most insurance companies.

“We’re pretty well a full-service clinic,” Snyder said. “We are ready for our first walk-in student.”

For more information, or to make an appointment, call the clinic at 503-630-8550.